New Website!

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Today I’m happy roll out my new blog That Jonathan Riggs: In Every Season. I’ve migrated to the self-hosted version of WordPress and with that comes a new address: If you bookmark my blog, please change the address to The site you are now reading will soon become inactive.

In Every Season intends to inform friends and colleagues of the goings-on of my life and career as a freelance musician, worship leader, and resurgent actor. It will also be a platform for my music education resources such as Diamond on the 1.

So, go on over, take a look, and tell me what you think. Thank you for your support.

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Thankful for the New Year


It’s been nice to take some time off from the normal hustle and bustle (replaced with holiday hustle and bustle I know) and celebrate the holidays. Our schedule feels a bit off because Lara worked at the hospital New Year’s Eve. We took our holiday more on the 1st and 2nd. But now I’m ready to get going and launch into 2013. Let’s do this. My gratitude list for the week:

  • Holidays with family
  • Staying home and out of airports / train stations / interstates for the holidays
  • Beginning of marathon training
  • Blu-Rays and Netflix
  • A new page
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Happy New Year

I trust that you had a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and whatever else you may have been celebrating. And I hope that you are safe, sound, and surrounded by loved ones. As I reflect on 2012, some of my favorite memories include:

  • Lara’s first backpacking trip
  • Running the 1/2 at the Country Music Marathon (running the full in 2013!)
  • Teaching at Song DISCovery conference
  • Happy Girl’s Blessing Party
  • Hymnish Songwriter’s retreat
  • My parent’s 50th wedding anniversary and cruise celebration
  • Attending the National Worship Leader’s conference
  • 18-year wedding anniversary
  • Beach vacation with the my wife’s family
  • Resurgence of acting work, including a commercial during the Music City Bowl and work on ABC’s Nashville

Some really fine memories. Nonetheless, I’m happy to see 2012 go. It’s been a hard year in many, many respects. I know that it’s been challenging for many of you too. Congratulations on making it through. Keep your head up. Here’s hoping (and praying and believing) for a prosperous 2013.

Backpacking Lara
My trooper of a wife
Tired after a run with two uncles and a cousin
Tired after a run with two uncles and a cousin
Happy Girl turned 14 and hosted her blessing party
Hymnish songwriter's retreat
Hymnish songwriter’s retreat
IMG_0307 cruise
Celebrating my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary
Cousin Beach
2012 Nashville ABC Episode 8
And the Emmy for Best Concerned Neighbor in a Prime Time Soap Opera About the Country Music Industry goes to…
I almost kept the soul patch
Scouts Doodlebug and Scooter Man
Blue Eyes
Blue Eyes


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2012 – That’s a Wrap (Thankful Thursday)


Lara and I are privileged to live in our hometown with all of our family within a three-hour drive. We celebrated Christmas this week with four generations. What a blessing! Here’s my gratitude list for the week.

  • Emmanuel, God with us
  • Day of work on Nashville and the budding relationships I have there
  • The power of forgiveness and the healing of relationships
  • My children knowing their cousins, grandparents, and great-grandmother
  • Sweet potato casserole, sausage balls, and vanilla scones
  • Game time with extended family
  • Christmas morning trampoline bounce
  • The love my wife extends to make this time of year so special
  • A few days off for reflection and family time
  • Tears shed and angel wings earned




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